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Paul Scholes trolled by Liverpool fans at the Bernabeu

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Liverpool supporters geared up for last night's Champions League clash against Real Madrid by trolling Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, who was spotted on the touchline at the Santiago Bernabeu where he was working as a pundit for ITV previewing the European encounter.

After identifying the retired Red Devils midfielder a raucous bunch of Reds fans began singing a chorus of expletives, although the reference to Scholes being a 'ginger Manc t***' was only ever intended to be light-hearted, rather than a scathing attack of vitriolic abuse.

The former England international took the chants in good faith, and responded by turning to the away contingent gathering in the gods behind the goal and giving them a friendly wave, which prompted a surprise round of applause from the travelling supporters.

Liverpool fans were clearly in good spirits in the build-up to their biggest European night for a number of years, but would've been left disappointed by the weakened team that manager Brendan Rodgers named for the 1-0 defeat against the Group B leaders.

With Jordan Henderson, Mario Balotelli, Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and club captain Steven Gerrard all rested, the Northern Irishman sent a clear message that he'd all but accepted defeat against the Champions League holders, with one eye on the forthcoming Premier League encounter against Chelsea on Sunday.

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Rodgers defended his decision to significantly rotate his squad, and he did get a committed performance from the players that were picked to face Carlo Ancelotti's Galacticos, keeping the game to a respectful 1-0 scoreline.

Karim Benzema converted Marcelo's cross to net the decisive goal midway through the first-half, but Real Madrid were unable to break down a resolute Liverpool side again, with Cristiano Ronaldo enduring an uncharacteristically quiet 90 minutes.

Brendan Rodgers' selection vindicated

The Portuguese superstar is just two goals away from breaking the Champions League goals record, but will have to wait for his next chance after struggling to deal with the physical presence of Kolo Toure, who was one of the visitors' standout performers following his surprise recall to the starting line-up.

Adam Lallana's performance was another positive for Rodgers to take, as was Simon Mignolet in the Liverpool goal, who made a number of impressive saves in each half to prevent the hosts from adding to the scoreline.

With two group games against FC Basel and Ludogorets remaining, Liverpool will need maximum points if they are to progress to the knockout stages, but on Tuesday's showing against Real Madrid there's reason for supporters to be confident of a place in the last 16.

Watch footage of Liverpool supporters trolling Paul Scholes in the video above - with thanks to The Redmen TV - and have your say in the comment box provided if you think Brendan Rodgers was right to rotate his squad for last night's game.

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Manchester United
UEFA Champions League
Paul Scholes
Real Madrid
Liverpool
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